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of hands, how many people think a mcdonald's should go in across the street? all right. they were playing in a game room and this person believes parental responsibility trumps any dietary arguments. >> i think it's up to the individual to decide what they can eat and what their families need to eat. if obesity is an issue, that belongs to the parent. >> reporter: the increased traffic holds the cards for her. >> it would be too congested. the traffic is a problem here. >> the primary issue is traffic. >> reporter: she should know. she is the walnut creek community development director. too many fast food places, obesity, that's not how the city makes decisions. >> if it's commercial, it's commercial. we are not going to get into the type of food that's being served there. >> reporter: there's also the issue that there are four high schools within, i don't know, a mile or so and there are some worries that this will draw
kids from all the different high schools, some rivals, and could bring trouble with it. by the way, we have called mcdonald's. they said they are working on a response. they haven't got back to us yet. >> mike, last night were you talking to us about the dollar men usual mcdonald's in the haight. now -- is this just bad timing for mcdonald's, these days? >> >> reporter: well, i don't know. good point. i guess mcdonald's has so many restaurants and it's such a big company and target that they are getting picked on in lots of different areas and i guess the bay area has two in a row. >> yeah. and i don't know how many hundreds of billions served. but lost track. all right, mike sugerman in walnut creek, thank you so much. other headlines around the bay area, the suspected gang member charged with shooting a fremont cop went before the judge. dozens of bay area cops watched the arraignment this afternoon of andrew barrientos. police say he confessed to shooting todd young. he was one of two men trying to arrest him on a warrant. young is in serious but stable
condition. barrientos didn't enter a plea. hp is trying to stop mark hurd from working at rival oracle. hurd left hp last month after a sexual harassment investigation. he walked away with millions in severance and promised not to reveal any trade secrets of hp. hp says there is no way hurd wouldn't take advantage of hp's secrets if he is allowed to take the job as co-president of oracle. in petaluma, crews are using booms and vacuums to contain and absorb 600 gallons of oil that leaked from a tugboat into the petaluma river. that leak has created a sheen two miles long. >> we will prepare to remove the tug from the water area tomorrow and get it out of where it's creating problems. >> the leak happened when a couple of guys tried to salvage that tug. those men will have to pay a
private company for the clean- up. they also may face criminal charges. how much would you pay to get to the airport faster? half a billion dollars? simon perez on a big public project coming under new scrutiny in this day of budget deficits. >> reporter: bart wants to build a monorail to get the riders from coliseum bart to oakland international airport. but is building that monorail system the best way to spend taxpayer money? one group says no that you could get here just as fast on a bus and it would be a whole lot cheaper. reporter: this is the way it's done today, to get to oakland international airport bart riders must leave the station and lug their luggage onto air bart the dedicated bus line to the airport. >> i would like the monorail system better because it seems more efficient. >> reporter: that's just what bart is proposing spending nearly half a billion dollars on the oakland airport connector. it's not a bart train. it's an automated monorail like the ones that go between
casinos in las vegas. transform is a public transit advocacy group that says spending that kind of money on a monorail is like throwing it into a wood chipper, a waste. instead the group proposes to run bus on -- >> an exclusive lane. there is so much space on hegenberger that you can narrow the lanes within safe distance, safe amounts, and make an exclusive lane that only the bus can travel on in the median. and the bus would have the ability to hold the stop lights, keep it green longer to get through and it would keep it from getting caught up in the traffic of people turning. >> reporter: that system would cost $150 million, about $50 million less than about $350 million less than the monorail idea. >> i don't see any reason to invest that much money in monorail when there are other things to worry about right now. >> in this economy we need
every break we can get. under the circumstances with our economic climate, that's the best option is buses. >> it's never going to be cheaper than today. >> reporter: bart defends it saying it's reliable and more forward thinking. >> the arguments they are making, it's like saying the economy is bad, i know we have the money to take you to stanford but you're going to go to community college instead. >> reporter: but do you have the money to go to stanford? do we have this money? we're broke! >> listen -- listen, if you're going to stanford or uc- berkeley, this is an investment in your future. >> reporter: johnson adds there was a lot of resistance. the whole system cost billions originally. nobody would say it's a bad idea. they are trying to line up the dollars to pay for it. >> thank you, simon perez. anyone who rides bart knows those trains can get loud. we are getting an idea of just how much noise they make, too.
>> it's almost ear shattering so i have to wear ear plugs all the time. >> reporter: the "chronicle" surveyed all 280 miles of bart tracks with a sound meter and found noise levels can reach 100 decibels at some spots. that is the equivalent of a jackhammer. >> when it comes to the final stop your ipod is up so loud it's blasting you can't hear what station is at when you miss it. >> it's ridiculous in the tunnels, screaming and screeching. >> the loudest spot on bart is the transbay tube heading westbound. the ride is nearly as loud between glen park and 24th street mission stations going east. quietest ride you might want to know between hayward and south hayward southbound. bart points out a recent study named the transit system one of the quite esplanade avenue of its kind in the country. some say only in berkeley. a street memorial has sprung up near the spot where a mountain
lion was shot and killed. a week ago it was spotted about 2:00 a.m. in a residential area when police shot it in the drive way of a home. they say the public was in danger. but some of the notes at this memorial called the animal innocent and helpless and said it was slain. they become more productive and stay in school. that's a big deal. >> fight crime and save taxpayers millions. why some say it all starts in preschool. from salt pounds to ponds to bird habitats, just ahead a story of going back to nature and how you can experience it. think americans eat too much? not always true. the specific foods we should actually eat more of. ,,,,,,
introducing the new droid 2 by motorola. part of the next generation of does. change the cutoff age for children entering kindergarten would save the s at first we were told the plan to change cutoff for children entering kindergarten would save the state a lot of money. maybe not so much. right now, kids must turn 5 before december 2 to start kindergarten. the state legislature passed a bill that changed the date to september 1. supporters say that would save the state more
than $700 million a year. but an amendment in the bill creates new transitional pre-k classes for those younger kids. so critics say the state really wouldn't be saving any money. the governor has yet to sign the bill. we'll have more on the story at 6:00 tonight. generally preschool is a good idea for most kids but with all the budget cuts many subsidized preschool programs have been scaled back or done away with altogether. but john ramos shows us the lesson from today's police and educators is we can pay for preschool now or pay for prison later. >> what color is it. >> yellow! >> reporter: for kids, it's always an important day when the policeman visits the class. but this concord preschool lesson was really aimed at the adults. >> if we can really turn the corner with our young people and they become more productive and they stay in schooling, that is a big deal. >> reporter: the police chiefs of con concord and pleasant hill and several state legislators are calling for more financial support state
and federal for early education programs. not just to help kids learn, but also to cut crime. >> people that my officers encounter day to day are involved in criminal activity as adults, very likely had a poor home environment growing up or did not have access to early education. >> reporter: a law enforcement research group called fight crime invest in kids points to studies that show when kids go to quality preschools they are far less likely to drop out or be arrested later on and when children are better prepared for school, they have less need for expensive special education programs. >> we currently spent $1.5 billion on special education but only $117 million on preschool programs today. by investing more in early learning, we can achieve real savings in education as well as significant crime savings in the long term. >> reporter: and there are those who think children would benefit from a lot more class time. >> they can be in a preschool classroom for eight, nine, ten
hours a day. those are huge opportunities to help build that brain architecture instead of being at home with caregiver who may not know that it's not okay to sit child in front of the tv. >> are we really out of place now where it's better for a 4- year-old to spend 10 hours in a classroom than to be at home?? is preschool taking the place of a good home life for some people? >> no. it's actually helping parents do a better job of educating their on children and supporting that kid's education, valuing it, showing that they value it. >> reporter: the group claims that every dollar invested in preschool saves $16 down the road. but for these cops it's simpler than that. they are just hoping that if you read a kid a story today, you won't have to read him his rights later on. in concord, john ramos, cbs 5. transforming an industrial no man's land into a nature lover's paradise. we'll take you to a tour of the newest public playground. these are nutrients that we
need daily and so many functions within our body are dependent upon them. >> the only problem? americans aren't getting enough of them. the specific foods we should indulge in. here in the weather center, i'm taking note that today's temperatures were at least 22 degrees cooler than yesterday. now i'm pinpointing your forecast to see how much cooler you can expect it on wednesday. that's coming up as eyewitness news continues right here on cbs 5. ,,,,,,
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re ect is finished. tonight a bay area wetland has a new lease on life. a big part of the south bay restoration project is now finished and it's right along the dumbarton bridge. len ramirez is there to show us what it looks like. len. >> reporter: allen, just a couple of years ago, this pond that you see behind me would have been a very weird pink color. that's because it was being used by the cargill salt company as an evaporation pond to produce salt. but as you can see now it's a much more natural color and that's what this project is doing, essentially turning back the clock to a time before industry took over the bay lands. reporter: gary lee of mountain view was one of the first people to try out the new nature trail on the edge of san francisco bay which he found completely by accident. >> was running today and saw the trail open at the dumbarton
bridge and i thought i'd investigate something new. it's beautiful. >> reporter: it's the beauty of back to nature. >> the bay has been basically taken away from the public. >> reporter: he is the project manager with the u.s. fish and wildlife service which is slowly transforming the by to what it once was. >> the goal of the project is to bring back as much coastal marsh as we can. >> reporter: no adjustment of your set is necessary. salt production actually does turn the water a weird pink and for the last 60 to 80 years, much of the bay has been used like this to turn saltwater into salt crystals. but in 2003, the first of a series of salt ponds was bought by the u.s. government with the goal of restoring fish and bird happen at that time. >> habitat. >> we care about the wildlife that uses the bay. >> reporter: she says the first pond to be restored has 30 built-in islands for birds to nest as well as places for humans to walk, rest, learn and enjoy nature. >> i think it's a great time to
be alive in san francisco bay. we're beyond the "heal the bay" mentality and really we're coming back and restoring it. >> reporter: making all this possible was a huge financial deal with the cargill salt company. the u.s. and state governments paid $100 million for 16,000 acres here in the south bay, which will eventually all be turned into what you see behind me. in the coming months, you will be able to see thousands of birds out here nesting and living and going back to nature as they once did. >> len ramirez, it looks great. and you know what? roberta, i'm surprised to see him wearing shirt sleeves but it's kind of cool and getting cooler. >> it has. you can feel the temperature drop today. feels more like football than baseball weather, right? >> it does. >> speaking of, our oakland as are in town tonight and look who we have giving us a weather report. >> dallas braden reporting from the oakland coliseum. we have a starlit night.
it's always cool here in the bay area. the marine layer will be laying on thick. bring a jacket, keep it war. let's go, oakland. >> let's go as! dallas is spot on because take a look at in a right there the marine layer in the form of some low clouds and fog. looking out toward the city of san francisco where currently the temperature has jumped up from 57 to 60 degrees. if you are out and about tonight anywhere near the bay of water or the seashore you require a jacket plus we have some stiff winds now out of the west at 22 miles per hour. southwest winds 10 to 20 miles per hour from the coast to inland with temperatures in the 50s. we had a huge drop today down to 22 degrees cooler than yesterday all due to the return of that right there, low clouds and the fog. it's the marine layer. it's being enhanced by this. this is a weak trough. has a lot of colder air associated with it. it's taking a nosedive in a southerly direction and as it does so this marine layer will continue to deepen in the
overnight hours. so tomorrow morning, when we have sun-up at 6:43, nobody is going to see it. in fact, marine layer is so deep we will see some condensation in the form of drizzle coastside with no clearing at the beaches for wednesday. in fact, wednesday is going to pan out to be the coolest day of the workweek, temperatures averaging between 10 and 16 degrees below average for this time of the year in the month of september. so let's go ahead and pinpoint your neighborhood forecast kick- starting with pacifica. 57 degrees as good as it gets. 72 in fairfield. 74 for the outside number in concord. 68 santa rosa and in san jose. gradual warming on thursday, temperatures finally topping off in the low 80s on friday all the way through sunday. in fact, we'll prolong that period through tuesday. and allen, that is the very unseasonably cool pinpoint forecast. >> thank you. coming up, you know, lots of new moms suffer from it, but they are not the only ones. what can also happen to dads
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researchers studied 87,000 men and women over a 14-year period. all right. here's a news flash for you. when it comes to the american diet, we're actually eating too little. too little, that is, of a handledful of important nutrients. here's dr. kim mulvihill. reporter: big bellies don't lie. or do they? by all accounts, americans eat too much -- >> sugar, carbohydrates, fat. >> salt. >> reporter: but guess what the we also don't eat enough of certain nutrients. they include potassium, magnesium, vitamin d and vitamin b12. >> these are nutrients that we need daily and so many functions within our body are dependent on then. >> reporter: she explains. a potassium rich diet can actually lower your blood pressure and your risk of stroke. however, 90% of men and 99% of women don't get enough in their daily diet. >> potassium is very important for kidney function, for
example, for water balance, for heart function. >> reporter: foods rich in potassium include halibut, cod and salmon, green leafy vegetables such as swiss chard and spinach. bananas, peaches, nectarines, grapes and apples, and beans as well as nuts. >> i really prefer the food. >> there's better absorption and utilization. >> reporter: magnesium is another important but widely overlooked nutrient. >> magnesium is another one that's involved with heart function and contractions and intercellular functions. >> reporter: magnesium may actually help prevent type 2 diabetes. but both men and women eat less than they should. magnesium-rich foods include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts like almonds, cashews and walnuts, all kinds of beans, as well as small amounts of dark chocolate. getting enough vitamin d is another concern. vitamin d helps you absorb calcium. >> most people think of it as bone health, bone and teeth. >> reporter: but the nutrient
may also lower the risk of cancer, heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, and some auto-immune diseases. >> vitamin d has a number of functions within the body. >> reporter: and finally, are you getting enough vitamin b12? b12 is found in dairy, eggs, fish, poultry and meats. the vitamin appears to help stave off memory lost and boost cognition. anyone over age 50 should get enough b12 from a supplement or fortified food. dr. kim mulvihill, cbs 5 healthwatch. a florida pastor plans to burn copies of the quran on september 11 but the top u.s. commander in afghanistan says that could endanger u.s. troops. we'll speak to the controversial man behind the idea. that's tonight only on the cbs evening news. ,,,,,,
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